Campers use portable typewriter in 1941 Royal Portable print ad

A 1941 print advertisement for typewriter company Royal Portable shows a group of campers using one of the portable typewriters at camp.

The copy for the beginning of the ad states:

Summer vacation, you’re probably saying, should be a time for rest and physical development only.

True. But learning to use a typewriter is more fun than work for a youngster. And he’ll return to school with fingers that can keep pace with the racing thoughts of youth – not chained to the creeping progress of his pencil. For, the greater speed and ease of typing will free his mind for thinking rather than writing.


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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